My Personal Legend – Francis McGovern

October 15, 2018 in My Personal Legend

Up next in the My Personal Legend series comes from Literary Traveler Founder, Francis McGovern.

Francis talks about his need to inspire others through the power of words, and music and literature. Read more about his Personal Legend.

Francis is the founder of Literary Traveler and has a passion for storytelling and needs to get a daliy does of literature.

Read more about his story. And read more Personal Legends based on the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

Jessica A Beck: My Personal Legend

October 15, 2018 in My Personal Legend

Up next in the My Personal Legend series is Jessica A. Beck from New Hampshire via Boston.

Jessica speaks eloquently about her experience as a very young girl when she almost drowned. Luckily she was pulled from the water but something from that experience stayed with her and informed her curiosity, powers of observation and sense of self, for better or worse it has stayed with her.  Read more about her Personal Legend in Looking Up.

Jessica is a contributing editor for Literary Traveler and her passions are poetry and, of course, travel. She has explored much of Europe as well as parts of South Africa, and Asia. Jessica is particularly interested how place and history manifest inside of each of us, and their influence over the way we experience physical reality.

Read more about her story. And read more Personal Legends based on the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

New My Personal Legend – Melissa Juliet Sagendorph

October 14, 2018 in announcements, New Articles

Up next in the My Personal Legend series is Melissa Juliet Sagendorph from Massachusetts and most recently Philadelphia. Melissa Juliet talks about understanding her personal legend against the backdrop of turning 27. Age can be a state of mind, but it can also be a weight that keeps your dreams just out of reach. Melissa Juliet talks about leaving graduate school to become the writer the she has always dreamed. Somehow she ended up studying philosophy and realized her heart was not in it. “I thought it would be hard to leave grad school, but once I realized it was the right decision it was simple.” Read more about her story. And read more Personal Legends based on the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

New My Personal Legend – Katie Steinhartner

October 13, 2018 in New Articles

Up next in the My Personal Legend series is Katie Steinhartner from Maine via Colorado. Katie talks about understanding her personal legend when she realized in a very Zen way that her legend was just to be, to exist and experience the world through a busy full life of travel and love. Katie lives in Denver but finds herself at home all around the world. She has visited more than 40 countries, lived in 5, and has family in 3. She is a marketing/social media strategist and content creator by day.  Read more about her story. And read more Personal Legends based on the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

What are you reading for Halloween?

October 9, 2017 in Literary News

This month we will be focusing on the spirit of Halloween. Please let us know the scariest book you have ever read? What’s more scary in your opinion books or movies?
Growing up I was afraid of spiders and then vampires. I couldn’t watch or think about watching Nosferatu or Salem’s Lot.  Do you have a favorite Stephen King book? What should we read for Halloween? The Shining, IT, or Salem’s Lot or Carrie?
We might have to go with IT since, the movie is pretty scary and let’s face it, clowns are pretty easy to fear, especially ones that come out of the sewers every 27 years to eat cute little kids. I have heard that Carrie is pretty scary too.

Happy Birthday Henry!

July 12, 2017 in Literary News, Uncategorized

At Literary Traveler we believe that July 12th should be a national holiday to celebrate Thoreau’s Birthday. Not only was Henry David Thoreau a great writer but he was a great American in the sense that he was a true individual thinker who stood for something. He has inspired many great minds and that help change the world.

We can each learn from Thoreau, not to be more like him, but to be more like ourselves.

thank you Henry, Happy Birthday!

Remembering Caitlin O’Hara

December 28, 2016 in Remembrance

caitlin_oharaCaitlin O’Hara worked with us in 2013/2014. She recently passed away just before Christmas, after a long struggle with Cystic Fibrosis. She was only 33. She had been on the waiting list and finally received a double lung transplant.

Caitlin was a great person and she was always a big help to Literary Traveler. She was talented, funny, creative, a great writer and hard worker who wanted to do something good and worthwhile with her talents.

She helped launch our One True Sentence project and she was an inspiration to work with. I didn’t know how deep her health challenges were until she told me. We kept in touch over the years, and she moved from Boston to Pittsburgh to wait for a lung transplant.

She was a fighter no doubt, and had fought against Cystic Fibrosis, and fought to save Prouty Garden in Boston. She touched a lot of lives. She will be missed and remembered by many. I think about how she carried on with the love of her family and friends and I think about strong she was, and how she fought for so long. We will miss you Caitlin!

Francis McGovern

Here are a couple of Caitlin’s pieces for Literary Traveler

Looking back: Wharton, Fitzgerald, and Ourselves

Loving Poetry with Robert Pinsky’s Singing School


October is Pottermonth at Literary Traveler

October 14, 2016 in Halloween, Harry Potter

harry_potterPottermonth: A month where you read all the Harry Potter Books generally in October to celebrate the anniversary of the attack on Harry and his family at Godrick’s Hollow, Halloween 1991.

There was always something that always appealed to me about Harry Potter. It was as though I was looking in the window of a great castle that I couldn’t enter until I was ready and prepared.

Harry Potter is an adventure and a phenomenon (frankly it still is.) I had not read all the books, or actually any of the books, besides short passages with some of my children. Howgwarts was always a place that I had wanted to visit. JK Rowling is a genius. Read the books for proof.

So (in honor of Harry,) I decided to read them all. It took me about a month to make it through all the books. What a thrill to learn all about about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the great battle between love and evil.

Everything is there for young and old readers alike, the great characters, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Dumbledore. You just root for them against the forces of “he cannot be named” and the Death Eaters are just so mean. But Draco Malfoy isn’t all bad in the end. The books are epic and universal.

There are important lessons in Harry Potter. Here are Ten.

Courage and Friendship are the highest virtues, and Love comes in a close third.

Keep smart and loyal friends and family close.

Be kind and fair. Especially to House Elves and Goblins.

It’s doesn’t hurt to be invisible and carry a magic map.

You can’t know everything at once and you can’t know everything all the time.

Bad things happen to good Wizards.

Good things happen to great Wizards.

You got to fight for your right to be free.

Never give up up on Neville.

Now I am going to see if the films are as good as the books. If you have a great passage or memory of harry potter please share it with us. Expelliarmos!

Join us at Literary Traveler

September 14, 2016 in announcements, Literary Traveler Jobs

top-boston-internship-programCurrently we are looking for some great new interns after a bit of summer hiatus. We have always built our staff from a strong internship program. The best interns continue to work on the site long after their internship is done. Are you looking for something challenging where you can apply your passions? Here is our posting. Please contact us if you want to know more….

Do you dream of traveling and making your living as a writer? Do you want to put your education and interests together and do something that matters to you? Do you need to acquire experience before you can be great? Are you a blogger or travel fanatic that loves to read the classics and travel the world?

One of the best internships for writers in Boston, an internship with Literary Traveler will provide you with real world marketable skills–you’ll learn the fundamentals of running a travel website, writing for the web, search engine optimization, and working with advertisers and sponsors. You’ll learn how to package yourself and your ideas and develop your own niche. You’ll get to be part of an extremely positive atmosphere where you’ll receive direct feedback on your writing.

Learn more and apply here on internship page

What’s Your One True Sentence? We want to know what has inspired you.

September 14, 2016 in American Authors, American literature, announcements, Classic Literature, Classic Writers, Literary News, Literature, One True Sentence, Uncategorized

“All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” – Ernest Hemingway

We have just launched something special at Literary Traveler, and we can’t wait to share it with you. Literary Traveler’s “One True Sentence” will be a series of short video episodes that explore the meaning of words and the people who are inspired by their power. Literary Traveler will take viewers behind some of the greatest words in literature, bringing them alive through the people and places that hold them close.

One sentence is often all it takes to convey your truth. And each one of us has a sentence that we carry with us – whether it is a line from a novel, a verse of poetry, a song lyric, a personal mantra, words of wisdom from a loved one, or a simple string of words that bring you meaning. We take this “one true sentence” with us on our travels, drawing inspiration, motivation, and solace in times of trouble.

The first two episodes of this series feature contemporary authors sharing the sentences that inspire their life and work and how they came to find the meaning in their true sentences.

Nichole Bernier, author of The Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D., shares a quote from Henry David Thoreau, and Randy Susan Meyers, author of The Comfort of Lies and The Murderer’s Daughters, finds reassurance in the words of Gustave Flaubert. For Bernier and Meyers, and all of us, a truly great sentence can not only inspire, but influence your life, change your course, and start you on your own unique journey.

Our goal with “One True Sentence” is to inspire — to harness the power of words in our lives, and examine how one short sentence can hold so much meaning.  And we want to hear from you.

If you have a sentence that holds special meaning for you, we would love for you to share it with us and tell us a little about how it has influenced your life, whether it has inspired you to take a leap of faith, provided strength during a difficult time, or otherwise inspires, motivates, or comforts. Please send us your short personal videos (Be as creative as you want, but no need to get fancy. A smartphone camera is all it takes.) You can e-mail us at or share your video on Facebook or Twitter using hashtag #OneTrueSentence. Your video may even end up on!

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